Evolution and Population Biology

This Session will look at studies on genetic variation, population change and evolution in the pathogen as well as the environmental and host factors which drive population change.

Keynote Speaker:

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Dr Megan McDonald

 

 

Cultural management, fungicide resistance and epidemiology

This Session focusses on studies on fungicide resistance including the mutations, occurrence and evolution of fungicide resistance in the pathogen population. Fungicide use management or approaches based on integrated pest management to control cereal blights.

Keynote Speaker:

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Dr Bart Fraaije

Rothamsted Research

 

Pathogen Functional Genetics and Genomics

This Session will cover genome wide analysis, studies on genome structure and transcriptomics of blight causing pathogens or the infected host.

Keynote Speaker:

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Professor Daniel Croll

Université de Neuchâtel

 

Host-Pathogen Interactions

This Session looks at interactions between the fungal pathogen and cereal host at the cellular or molecular level including perturbation of host immunity and / or metabolism and effector characterisation.

Keynote Speaker:

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Dr Kostya Kanyuka

Rothamsted Research

 

Host genetics and Resistance Breeding

This Session will consider dentification and characterisation of genes that provide resistance or susceptibility in the host cereal and efforts to breed resistance to cereal blights.

Keynote Speaker:

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Dr Ruth Bryant

RAGT Seeds

 

Secondary Metabolism and Physiology

This Session will consider studies on secondary metabolites during fungal growth, development and infection. Alternatively, metabolites produced by the cereal host in response to pathogen infection and during disease progression.

Keynote Speaker:

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Professor Richard Oliver

Curtin University

 

Special Topics

This Session will look at other topics that are of interest and relevant to the cereal blight community which impact on the above themes. For example, studies relating to plant microbiota and host interactions.

Keynote Speaker:

Davide Bulgarelli

Dr Davide Bulgarelli

James Hutton Institute and